January 7 through January 21, 2016
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Camden Public Library to Take On Summer Harbor Arts Festival

The Camden Public Library has exciting news! We are taking on the Summer Harbor Arts festival in addition to the Fall Harbor Arts & Books festival. The summer arts festival is already scheduled for July 16 and 17, 2016. We will continue to offer our annual outdoor giant booksale under the tents as well. Originally begun as the Carol Sebold Arts & Crafts show, the juried show has been hosted annually by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce for several years and by the C-R-L Chamber of Commerce for years before that. The Library will carry on the tradition of excellent juried arts, with added festive flavor and emphasis on quality and publicity. Click here for more information..

“Quilts, Quilts, & Quilts” on Display in January

Quiltmaker/fiber artist Janet B. Elwin will be exhibiting a collection of quilts and wall hangings of every size in the Picker Room during the month of January. Elwin, the Artist of the Month, has had an adventuresome career: teaching quilting techniques for years in adult education, colleges, quilt guilds, and seminars throughout the US, and from Japan to Israel in a career spanning over 30 years. Janet is now happily at home in Walpole, Maine, still coming up with new and creative quilts and wall hangings. Click here for more information..

“Jumpstart January” Offers Hands-On Workshops for Adults

The Library will once again offer a series of hands-on workshops for adults during “Jumpstart January.” The first workshop in the series is “Essential Oil Health Creations” led by Marcie Howard and Tayler Phillbrook. Please note that space is limited, and the January 7 workshop is already full. Sign up right away for the remaining workshops! The workshops are all on Tuesday or Thursday evenings, beginning at either 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm, please check the schedule. There will be a $10 materials fee per workshop. As space is limited, you must register ahead of time at the library by calling 236-3440. Click here for more information and the complete schedule..

“Kosti Ruohomaa, Legendary Photographer of Maine” January 10, 2:00 pm

The Camden-Rockport Historical Society will host a speaker series at the Camden Public Library again this winter. The first topic in the series will be “Kosti Ruohomaa, Legendary Photographer of Maine,” presented by Deanna Bonner-Ganter, the Maine State Museum’s Curator of Photography, Art, and Archives, on Sunday, January 10, at 2:00 pm. Bonner-Ganter is also author of the new book, Kosti Ruohomaa the Photographer Poet, which will be available in late January. Click here for more information..

“Slow Down Aging at the Cellular Level” January 11, 12:00 noon

The Destination Wellness Brown Bag Lunch program on Monday, January 11, features a lively panel discussion with nutritionist Judi Valentine, Ph.D., Bowen body work practitioner Sherrie Clark, R.N., and neuromuscular therapist Susan Barnes. All are welcome. Click here for more information..

Leer y charlar January 12, 1:00 pm

Read and chat – entirely in Spanish! This Spanish language reading and conversation group will continue on “second and fourth Tuesdays” at 1:00 pm at the Camden Public Library. We’ll chat in Spanish about what we’re reading (books, magazines, etc.). Click here for more information..

Tuesday Book Club January 12, 1:00 pm

The Tuesday Book Club meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm. All are welcome, please call Nina at 470-7473 for more information. The book choice for the January Book Club meeting is Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny..

Camden Philosophical Society January 12, 4:00 pm

The Camden Philosophical Society will host a general meeting on Tuesday, January 12, of all participants interested  in discussing the future activities of the society and in particular what topics will be the focus for its reading and discussion group over the coming year. The meeting will take place in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. All are welcome. Click here for more information..

Beaded Jewelry Workshop January 12, 7:00 pm

The library will hold a series of hands-on craft workshops for adults during the month of January. The next workshop in the series is a “Beaded Jewelry Workshop” led Amy Hand and others on Tuesday, January 12, at 7:00 pm. Please call to register; there is a $10 materials fee for each workshop, which will be collected at the workshop. Call the Library at 236-3440. Click here for more information..

“Your Next Career Move: Tools to Get Started” January 14, 5:30 pm

This career workshop will help point you in the right direction as you start your career move. We will cover what to consider when making a career choice, the steps involved in creating a career plan, and the resources available to help you succeed. The workshop takes place on Thursday evening, January 14, 5:30-7:00 pm, led by Melinda Wildes of New Ventures Maine. In addition to this one-evening workshop, there will be a class on career building beginning January 21 that will continue for five weeks. Click here for more information..

“Sumi-e Landscape of Maine” with Frederica Marshall January 14, 6:00 pm

Learn to paint the gorgeous environment of Maine in the ancient style of Asian Brush Painting with international award-winning artist Frederica Marshall. Birch and evergreen trees, rocks, sky, and water will create an amazing ink and watercolor experience for you! No previous experience is necessary, a beginner’s mind is welcome! The workshop is part of the library’s “Jumpstart January” series of workshops. This Sumi-e workshop will be on Thursday evening, January 14, at 6:00 pm (note the start time!).  Space is limited, you must call to register. There is a $10 materials fee for each workshop, which will be collected at the workshopClick here for more information..

Ice Carving Demonstration January 17, 1:00 pm

The Camden Public Library will again host a live Ice-Carving Demonstration with master ice carver Tim Pierce, on Sunday, January 17, at 1:00 pm. Pierce is the Executive Chef of the Samoset Resort and has been enthusiastically carving and teaching ice sculpting for years. The demonstration is specifically for the teams that will be making ice sculptures at Camden’s Winterfest, but the demonstration is a wonderful and intriguing outdoor event and is open to everyone. Click here for more information..

CLOSED January 18

The library will be closed on Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

“Tech Tuesday” January 19, 3:00 pm

The topic for Tech Tuesday will be Facebook 102: Privacy Settings. We will discuss in detail all the options Facebook offers in account settings. Who can see your photos? How do you exclude your name from being used in advertisements? And much, much, much more. Bring your device and arrive 15 minutes early to make sure you can connect to our wi-fi network before class begins. Please call to sign up. Please note, this is not an introductory class and a basic understanding and prior use of a Facebook account is required. Click here for more information..

Songwriters Begin Again January 19,
6:00 pm

The popular Songwriters Series begins again in January. Songwriters meet monthly through the winter in preparation for performing their new works at the Library Coffeehouse in June. We will follow the same format as last year, meeting 6:00-8:00 pm on Third Tuesdays in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room here at the Camden Public Library. Our troubadours John Nicholas and David Dodson have again offered to lead the sessions. The sessions will culminate in a performance at the Library Coffeehouse on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Click here for more information..

“Islam and Jihad-ism across Africa” January 19, 7:00 pm

Seth Singleton will give a talk titled “Islam and Jihad-ism across Africa” at the Camden Public Library on January 19 at 7:00 pm. The lecture is free and open to all. From Somalia and Kenya to Mali, along the inner African frontier dividing Islamic Africa from non-Muslims, jihadists bring violence and try to displace local African Muslim traditions. Boko Haram is the most prominent of these groups. Why is this happening, what should be done about it, and by whom? Click here for more information..

Career Planning Class Begins January 21

Ready for a change? Not sure where to start? Prepare for your next career with a plan that’s right for you. In this class you will review your skills, interests, and experiences and relate them to occupations, identify educational opportunities, research the local job market, and develop a step-by-step plan to achieve your goals. Whether you are unemployed, underemployed, or considering a career change, this class will help you achieve career success. Thursdays, January 21 – February 18, 2016, 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Camden Public Library. To register or for more information contact Melinda Wildes at New Ventures Maine, 593-7942 or melinda.wildes@maine.edu. Click here for more information..

“Birding in Cuba” January 21, 7:00 pm

The Midcoast Audubon Society’s monthly speaker series will feature “Birding in Cuba” with Jody Telfair on Thursday evening, January 21, at 7:00 pm. All are welcome. Jody participated in a two-week bird survey in  Cuba through the Caribbean Conservation Trust in February, 2014. Cuba is currently the least developed of any large island in the Caribbean, providing crucial wintering habitat for our beloved neotropical migrants. It is also home to 26 endemics (23 of which were seen and photographed by the group). Click here for more information..

Winterfest Community Ice Carving January 30

The Library will once again host the Community Ice Carving celebration in the Amphitheatre and inside the library, with ice carving, music, and hot food outdoors, and live music and kids’ activities indoors, on Saturday afternoon, January 30, from noon to 3:00 pm. The Community Ice Carving event kicks off a week of Winterfest fun! Click here for more information..

Stock the Stacks!

You can help us keep the latest and most popular books available for readers of all ages. Camden Public Library has many of the latest and most popular books, audios, and movies for young children, teens, and adults. A gift of just $25 to our Stock the Stacks fund can help buy a book or DVD. And a gift of $25 each month can really make a difference. To make your donation now, click here to make a gift online now. Thank you!.